While Sedum Autumn Joy, Chrysanthemums and Asters are fall color favorites, don’t stop there. Why not consider a Blueberry shrub or Encore Azalea to add some fire to your fall landscape. Here are five of the best plants for fall color.
Top Hat Blueberry Plant. Blueberry shrubs will delight you from spring to fall. The Top Hat Blueberry produces white blossoms late in the spring and 1 ½- inch berries in late summer, then puts on a fiery display in the fall when its leaves turn bright red. The Top Hat Blueberry is compact and dense, growing just two feet tall, and it is easy to grow and relatively maintenance free. Plant the Top Hat Blueberry plant in partial shade or full sun or in a container on your patio. It prefers acidic soil. For more information or to purchase this shrub, go to springhillnursery.com/top-hat-blueberries.
Dwarf Fothergilla (Mount Airy). The Mount Airy Fothergilla is a three-season garden delight: it produces honey-scented, dainty white blooms in the spring, profuse green foliage in the summer, and spectacular gold and orange colors in the fall. The Mount Airy reaches tops out at about four to five feet, with a width of three to four feet and prefers a sunny location and acidic soil. It is a versatile addition to your garden that can be used as an ornamental shrub, a hedge or a garden accent. For more information or to purchase this shrub, go to www.parkseed.com/fothergilla.
Yuletide Camellia. If you live in growing zones 7 to 9, this camellia’s red blossoms will brighten your garden from September to December, even as other plants go dormant for the winter. It grows to about five feet tall, with a similar width and prefers partial sun. For more information or to purchase this shrub, go to www.brighterblooms.com/yuletide camellia.
Autumn Ember Encore Azalea. If you love azaleas but wish their blooms weren’t so short-lived, then the Autumn Ember Encore Azalea is for you. This small evergreen blooms produces red-orange semi-double flowers spring, summer and fall. It is hardy and easy to care for, prefers partial shade and will grow to three to four feet tall by two to four feet wide. For more information or to purchase this shrub, go to www.brighterblooms.com/product/autumn-embers-encore-azalea.
Arrowwood Viburnum. Arrowwood Viburnum will treat you to creamy clusters of early-summer flowers followed by a multi-color show of yellow, red and purple in the fall. This deciduous shrub can reach 12 feet or more with a span of six to eight feet. It is forgiving and easy to grow, tolerating a variety of soil types and moisture levels and almost any spot in the garden from full sun to full shade. For more information or to purchase this shrub, go to www.naturehills.com/product/arrowwood_viburnum.